Use of drones and autonomous vehicles to be debated in Lisbon at the 8th Congress of URSI

The use of drones and other unmanned vehicles is an increasingly important issue and one that is becoming ever more prominent in the market. Although these are applications that have military origins, they can now be used in civilian areas such as forest surveillance, raw material exploration (e.g. gas, oil) and aerial photography.

In Portugal, considering the interest that has been aroused, it's a subject currently in need of debate involving the various national authorities with competence in the matter. An opportunity for this debate will be provided by the 8th Congress of the Portuguese Committee of URSI, to be held in Lisbon on Friday 28 November, at Fundação Portuguesa das Comunicações (Portuguese Communications Foundation).

This conference comes at a time when more and more unmanned aerial vehicle applications are emerging; these have so far been more limited to military and police use, but are now beginning to expand into other areas; as such, it is important to discuss regulatory issues, issues of security, national applications and developments for civil use by defence and security forces, and also discuss the challenges faced at the level of aeronautical services. All these issues will be addressed at the Congress.

In addition, and as has become customary, scientific papers covering the scientific areas of Radioelectricity, which have been developed in Portugal, will also be presented during the Congress.

The Portuguese Committee of URSI, sponsored by ANACOM, will award the ANACOM-URSI Portugal Prize, with a value of five thousand euros, rewarding the best work of research in the area of Radioelectricity, together with the Best Student Paper Award with a value of five hundred euros; aimed at young Portuguese authors, the Best Student Paper Award was established with the goal of stimulating creativity and rigour in scientific research work in Portugal.

Participation in the event is free and open to all interested parties, but subject to prior registration.